New Delhi: Clearing logjam over the opening of a Central university at Motihari district in Bihar, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said on Thursday that a decision will be taken in this regard in an open discussion with the state government.

Amid pressure from Members of Parliament from various parties, he said, “If the state government agrees to open it near Patna, the Centre will provide help to establish another university at Motihari.”

Replying to discussion in the Rajya Sabha, he said, “The Central government wants to establish the university at a location from where it can benefit maximum number of students. The suggested names are Patna, Gaya and Nalanda.”

He informed that he is involved in discussion with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the matter.

At the mention of universities in Uttar Pradesh, he said, “The state already has four Central universities. 39 percent of enrollment of Central universities is in this single state. Hence, there is no proposal for a new university in the state.”  He added, “Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are being given adequate support from the Centre though more investments are needed in the sector.”

Speaking on the issue of higher education, Rajiv Pratap Rudy from BJP said, “Bihar CM wrote many a times to the government to open a Central university at Motihari but no heed was paid to it.” NK Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Rajneeti Prasad and many other Bihar MPs supported the demand.

Naresh Chandra Agarwal of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alleged the Centre of possessing a partial attitude to Uttar Pradesh in the field of education. He said, “Looking at the huge population in the state, there is a dire need for more universities and additional economic assistance.”
Akhilesh Das of the BSP raised the issue of poor condition of the BR Ambedkar University.